Sunday, October 27, 2013

NATURAL REMEDIES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis is a condition that common for those over 60 but due top sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diets full of processed foods, it is becoming common in younger and younger people. Here are some tips on how to naturally prevent osteoporosis.
1. Reduce stress. The body can handle occasional stress but people under constant stress have higher levels of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol causes minerals to leach out of bones. Chronic stress is the number one cause of all disease. If you skip this step, you not only will continue to have osteoporosis, you will eventually have even more diseases. If you are in a bad relationship, get out. If you hate your job, quit or start searching for a new one. If you have financial problems, stop spending and see a financial counselor. Get rid of chronic stress. I can't emphasis this one enough. 

2. Exercise. Several research studies have found that regular weight-bearing exercise has a preventive effect on osteoporosis. Walking, jogging, and lifting weights are all forms of exercise that help to improve bone strength. They also improve your flexibility and strengthen the groups of muscles that help the body move. Exercise for least half an hour per day for a minimum of five days a week (3 days of aerobic and 2 days of strength training alternating upper and lower body) and you are sure to reduce your chances of suffering from osteoporosis.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

CHEMTRAILS: PROTECT YOURSELF

Chemtrails or chemical trails are sprayings of chemicals from planes that is happening just about everywhere to control the weather. Some believe other chemicals are being dropped as well. You can read the articles in the links below and watch the full length documentary and decide for yourself. 

Seaweed protects you from radiation poisoning and the poisons dropped on us from chemtrails. That is my number one choice but there are other suggestions in the 2nd link below.  The 3rd link contains the full length move, WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE THEY SPRAYING? Very scary to watch if you know nothing about chemtrails.

Chemtrails: A Planetary Catastrophe Created by Geo-Engineering

Chemtrails: Learn how to protect yourself from these treacherous poisons

What in the World are They Spraying?

Sunday, October 20, 2013

BELLY FAT AND RISK OF DEMENTIA

A study found that the greater your belly fat, the greater your brain will shrink in old age. People who have extra abdominal fat are three times more likely to have dementia or memory loss later on in life. If that is not enough to make you put down the potato chips, get off the sofa and run, not walk, to the nearest health club, I don't know what would. 

Researchers have found that the reason the brain shrinks has to do with a protein shared by the liver and the brain. People with a large amount of belly fat have livers that are working overtime to metabolize the fat. In order to do this, the liver uses up all of this protein. called PPARalpha, from the liver first and then the rest of the body including the brain. 

Most belly fat has nothing to do with beer. It is wheat, dairy, and sugar. Eliminate high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial sweeteners (make you want to eat more and they kill brain neurons), and limit cane sugar to 25 mg a day. Eliminate all dairy except butter (you read that right), and wheat.  HFCS blocks the hormone leptin in the body which signals when you are full.  Modern wheat is not digested well by anyone. Wheat has been changed so much in the last 50 years to make it easy to harvest and to increase gluten.  This "new gluten" or protein very difficult to digest for most people making it difficult to get nutrients to the body and brain.  If you are not getting enough nutrients, your body tells you to eat more.  Get the picture? So get rid of the wheat for a month and see how you feel.  Start moving even if it is walking for 15 minutes every day.  Work up to 30 minutes every day. 

PLAN ON DOING THE ABOVE FOR THE NEXT 30 DAYS. YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT AND FEEL GREAT!    

Sunday, October 13, 2013

HOW SAFE AND EFFECTIVE ARE YOUR HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS?

Based on one study, herbal supplements are not very safe for those with certain allergies, especially to nuts.  Most herbal products tested were of poor quality and contained product substitutions, contamination and use of fillers, therefore diluting the effectiveness of the herbal formula. 

44 herbal products were tested blindly tested representing 12 different companies.  Over half or 59% of the products tested contained DNA barcodes from plant species not listed on the labels. Less than half (48%) of the products were authenticated.  However, one-third of these were contaminated or had fillers not listed on the label.  Product substitution occurred in 30 of the 44 of the products tested and only 2 of the 12 companies had products without any substitution, contamination or fillers (such as rice, soybeans, and wheat not listed on the label). Some of the contaminants found could pose serious health risks to consumers.  For instance, one product had black walnut in it but was not listed on the label.  Those with serious nut allergies would be at risk.

For quality herbal and vitamin supplement products, only buy with the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) seal of approval on their label.  GMP guidelines require compliance through an independent third party audit for product approval.  NOW Food and Rainbow Light supplements are two of several companies that have the GMP seal of approval.  Check labels carefully. 

If you have serious food allergies to soy, gluten, nuts, etc., it is always best to call the manufacturer for a complete list of ingredients before using any product.    

Resources:
http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1741-7015-11-222.pdf
http://www.rainbowlight.com/about-us-press-releases-fdagmp-compliant-supplements-provide-the-highest-purity-safety-quality-standards.aspx
http://www.nowfoods.com/Quality/GMP/

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

8 WAYS TO LOWER YOUR RISK OF BREAST CANCER

Here are 8 ways to significantly reduce your risk of breast cancer.
1. Expose your skin to sun every day for at least 15 minutes over at least 60 percent of your body. When you can't get enough adequate sun exposure, consume foods high in vitamin D or take supplements of at least 1,000 IU per day. Those with low levels of vitamin D not only have a higher risk of cancer but of many chronic diseases including diabetes and heart disease. Adequate amounts of sunlight or vitamin D can cut breast cancer risk in half.
2. Eat 2 fruits per day. Include berries as one of the fruits.  Berries contain highest amounts of antioxidants, especially blueberries. 
3. Eat at least 5 vegetables per day to ensure you are getting plenty of cancer fighting antioxidants. Include kale, collard greens, mustard greens, or broccoli as one or two servings of the vegetables.  Dark green vegetables have shown to prevent tumor growth. Kale is probably the most powerful green on the planet. It is full of cancer preventing antioxidants plus has a high amount of calcium and magnesium. Probably why kale is one of the most popular greens used in juicing.  Include tomatoes (alternate cooked and fresh) and/or carrots as additional servings.  Tomatoes contain lycopene and carrots contain carotenoids, both powerful antioxidants. 
4. Eliminate or reduce dairy. Dairy is high in artificial hormones and fats. See all my prior postings on dairy (1)(2). Drink almond milk or organic soy milk instead.
5. Eat beans and oatmeal. Contrary to popular belief, beans will not make you fat. Beans are high in fiber and get your intestines in tip top shape by moving food along and keeping toxins out.  Oatmeal is also high in fiber and great for keeping you satisfied and healthy. Buy the rolled or steel cut oats, not the quick or sweetened oats.

6. Eat organic lean meats (poultry or grass-fed beef), omega-3 eggs, fish, and nuts. These have higher omega-3 fatty acids which boosts your immune system, boosts your mood, improves blood circulation, and reduces inflammation in the body.  Add almonds or walnuts to oatmeal. Stay away from large fish like shark, tuna. and mahi mahi which have higher levels of mercury.  Taking a good quality fish oil (Carlson's) or Flaxseed oil may be a better alternative in the future with the increase in threat of radiation poisoning coming from Japan.  Fukushima is still leaking 300 tons of radiation per day. (3) The radiation is expected to hit US shores by 2014.


7. Eliminate wheat especially if you are overweight. Modern wheat (wheat that has been changed significantly in the last 50 years to increase yield and gluten) is very difficult to digest. Most people have symptoms related to wheat allergies but don't know wheat is the culprit.  Wheat can cause allergy symptoms, weight gain, headaches, fatigue, indigestion, memory problems, and a host of other not so pleasant symptoms. Wheat is as addicting as sugar. It makes you want to eat more wheat.  Give up wheat for a month and I promise you will lose weight and feel better.  You can eat bread made with spelt flour if you must have bread. Spelt is not a modern wheat and has a lower amount of gluten.  However, if you have a problem with gluten, you should not eat spelt. It is best to give up all gluten for a month and then add back spelt.  If you feel fine, then great.     

8. Balance your hormones.  If you are over 40, get your hormones tested.  Being deficient in estrogen or progesterone can increase your risk of cancer. Use bio-identical hormone creams.  They are the safest. (4)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

CHICKEN NUGGETS ARE MOSTLY FAT & CHICKEN BY-PRODUCTS

According to a report by CBS News, chicken nuggets are not just chicken but fat, cartilage, bone, blood vessels, nerve cells, and skin!  Except for the chicken, all these ingredients are labeled chicken by-products in dog food.  In addition, the study that CBS references (see link below) concludes that chicken is less than 50% of the chicken nugget.  Before this report, most people probably believed chicken nuggets were chicken and fillers like soy and corn. That actually sounds good compared to what is really in a nugget.  So the next time you or your children bite down into a chicken nugget from a fast food restaurant, think about what they are really eating -- commercial dog food.  I wouldn't even feed chicken nuggets to my dog.  He deserves better.
    
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